Philly Family Weekend Five: memories, horses and celebrations


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This weekend’s offerings provide two trips down memory lane, something for animal lovers, jazz enthusiasts, and community revitalizers.

Friday: Friday Night Jazz 

Surrounded by works of art and the music of George Gershwin? It doesn’t get much better than that. Pianist Dave Posmontier and vocalist Paula Johns will be tickling the ivories and belting out favorites like “Summertime.” Wine and refreshments are available. Kids under 12 enjoy free admission, and check out the Children’s Garden while you’re there.
Saturday and Sunday: Pinnochio 

Many of us have memories of seeing Pinocchio (likely via Disney) as a kid, so why not share that experience with your children? The little wooden puppet who dreamed of being a real boy. Pinocchio is on stage at Gratz College this weekend, with 1/2 price tickets available through Funsavers. See a matinee show for just $6!


Friday through Sunday: Devon Horse Show

If you’re little one is gathering My Little Ponies all over the house, why not take a drive out to see some in real life? Devon is only about a 30 minute drive or train ride out of the city (the Horse Show is a block away from the train station. Once there, you’ll find horses, competitions, shopping, and a country fair atmosphere with food and rides. A fun way to spend the day or night.


Saturday: Re-imaging Maplewood Mall 

With music, food, vendors, and poetry, this outdoor celebration is sure to inspire. The festival is an opportunity to re-imagine Germantown and Maplewood Mall, as “an epicenter for creativity, music, food, literature, poetry and art.” Organizers hope to, not only showcase the brilliance of our own community, but demonstrate to Philadelphia that Germantown is a gathering place for the cutting edge in culture. 12pm-5pm.


Saturday & Sunday: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! (with sensory-friendly option)

Ok, I totally remember watching this one… “Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Our fine four fendered friend!” (though I totally butchered those fender lyrics as a kid). Share the memory with your little ones this weekend. Saturday morning at 11 is the regular screening (dark theater, loud music, traditional expectations for moviegoers), and Sunday morning at 11 is the Sensory-friendly screening for kids (and adults) who prefer lights on, lower volume and some room to move around when the music moves you. At the Philadelphia Film Society’s Roxy Theater.

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